Of course it is hokum. Do you really believe that every Taurus had the same things happen in their lives last year? Do you believe that when we travel to other planets our lives stop or our romantic inclinations change because no planets or constellations are making a particular angular connection above us? Even astrologers cannot agree - read a half dozen horoscopes for a particular person and see how much variation exists from astrologer to astrologer.
Variation in information doesn't make everyone incorrect. It happens in science too. Perception colors how we see things, whether it be religion, astrology, or reality itself. Just because some see it one way and some another doesn't mean any of them are right, or that all of them are wrong. Having an evolving perspective is crucial to true learning.
It was more of a just for fun conversation... I started out by saying I'm not a believer. I'm highly scientific first and foremost. I just happened to pass over an article, read it, and thought it might be fun to talk about. I can appreciate your point of view for sure, as it is certainly true that not everyone with the same sign experienced the same things.
But, consider for a moment removing the idea of a 100% ratio of effectiveness. Obviously where you are in life at that time, your choices, and many other factors are also going to determine what happens. That doesn't mean there isn't a possibility of something broader out there having an effect. As someone grounded in science, I wouldn't cast aside any idea that I can't disprove with absolute certainty, including God or planetary movements affecting our lives. I can't prove or disprove there are or aren't certain aspects that did or did not occur in the lives of those under any certain sign, even if all of them didn't experience all of the same things.
The banks of a river guide the flow of water, but so too does gravity, rocks in the river bed, geography of the land, the actions of man and animals that surround it, and much more. There is no single guiding force in this world for anything, but that doesn't mean there aren't things beyond our ken that can play a part. It always takes many sides to make a whole.
I'm closer to the hokum camp, but I always keep an open mind. The moment you decide something is impossible, you've also lost the ability to be objective. It was hokum that the Earth was round or that it wasn't the center of the universe for a long time. They were pretty sure too, yet now we know that to be the true hokum.
Just a bit of Devil's advocate. I kind of figured most would be against the idea, and I don't blame them. I'm surprised those in a type of work that thrives on imagination are so certain about every reality of this world. It makes me happy to think there are many things out there we don't understand, and things we may never be able to prove or truly know.
That's the great thing about imagination, the world is boring when everything is black and white.